Feeding your local wildlife – Hedgehogs
April 25th, 2015
This is a guide to supporting your local wildlife. These foodstuffs are not suitable for rescued wildlife in captivity, more a list of suitable things you can supplement your furred and feathered friends diet with while they forage for their own too!
Hedgehogs are omnivores, which means they eat insect, meat and vegetable matter! Which makes them pretty easy to supply food to. Suitable things to feed your local hogs with include
Tinned dog or cat food
Dry cat biscuits
Hard boiled eggs (shells off)
Peanuts – crush them first to avoid choking
Small pieces of non-citrus fruits (apples, pears, plums)
Sunflower hearts (shells off)
Uncooked minced beef
Cooked chicken (no bones)
Mealworms, dried or fresh
Don’t forget to provide a saucer of water too! Clean water can be hard to get in the summer.
Please DO NOT feed hedgehogs bread and milk, yes they love it, but it gives them serious stomach upsets.
The Knoxwood hedgehogs are fed on a selection of the above foods, but as our hedgehogs are captive while we treat them we have to ensure that they get a complete balance of nutrients as they can’t forage for anything other than what we provide so we use Ark Original Hedgehog Food.